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Cardinal Burke has recommended this prayer during this time of the Synod. Chaplets can be purchased here (‘Holy Face Chaplet – 39 Bead’).

The purpose of the Chaplet of the Holy Face is to honour the Five Wounds of Our Lord Jesus Christ, and to ask of God the Triumph of His Holy Church and the downfall of her enemies.
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This Chaplet was composed by Sister Marie de Saint Pierre, a Carmelite of Tours who died in the odour of sanctity. Her revelations were confirmed shortly after her death when Pope Pius IX, seeking Divine aid against revolutionaries in the Papal States, ordered a three-day exposition of the relic of St Veronica’s veil in St. Peter’s Basilica. On the third day of the showing Our Lord’s face, which had faded centuries earlier, reappeared on the veil and began to radiate light. The bells of the Basilica were rung and great crowds began to gather. The miracle lasted for three hours, and was attested to by an apostolic notary during the incident. St Therese of the Child Jesus and the Holy Face had a great devotion to Sr. Marie de St Pierre and kept a lock of her hair next to her heart.
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The Chaplet of the Holy Face is composed of 39 beads, 6 large ones, 33 small ones, and a medal of the Holy Face.
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The chaplet is said in reparation for the offences done to the five senses of Our Lord, Jesus Christ in His passion, and entreats God for the triumph of His Church. It is recommended that the faithful pray the Chaplet of the Holy Face to obtain from God, by means of the Holy Face of the Lord Jesus, the downfall of His enemies. Sr. Marie de St. Pierre was given to understand that the injuries done to the Lord’s Holy Face specifically atoned for offences against the first tablet of the law.
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The thirty small beads represent the thirty-three years of the earthly life of the Lord. The first thirty beads call to mind the thirty years of His hidden life. These are divided into five groups, with the intention of honouring the five senses of touch, hearing, sight, smell, and the taste of Jesus. These senses have their seat, principally, in the Holy Face and render reparative homage for all the sufferings which Our Lord Jesus endured in His Face, through each of these senses.
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The last three small beads honour the three years of public life of Our Saviour, and have as their object, to honour all the wounds of His Adorable Face.
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Sr. Marie de St. Pierre recommends that one call to mind, after saying the Glory Be on each of the large beads, one of the seven last words from the cross:
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1. Father forgive them, for they know not what they do (Luke 23:34).
2. Amen, I say to you, today you will be with me in paradise (Luke 23:43).
3. Woman, behold your son: behold your mother (John 19:26-27).
4. My God, My God, why have you forsaken me?, Matthew 27:46 and Mark 15:34).
5. I thirst (John 19:28).
6. It is finished (John 19:30).
7. Father, into your hands I commit my spirit (Luke 23:46).
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Begin as follows:
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Make the sign of the Cross, with the Cross, and say:
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“O God, come to my assistance.
O Lord, make haste to help me.”
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Then say 1 Glory Be….
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Before each group of beads, there is a large bead. On this bead, reflect on the sense of Jesus, or the wounds of His Face, and say 1 Glory Be… and the following prayer invocation:
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“My Jesus, mercy.”
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On every small bead, say:
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“Arise, O Lord, and let Thine enemies be scattered, and let them that hate Thee fly from before Thy Face!”
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Upon completing the Chaplet, say on the medal:
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“O God, our Protector,
look down upon us
and look upon
the Face of Thy Christ!”
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Finally recite the “Golden Arrow” prayer dictated by Our Lord to Sister Mary of St. Peter in reparation for the misuse of the Holy Name of God.
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“May the most holy, most sacred, most adorable, most incomprehensible and unutterable NAME OF GOD be forever praised, blessed, loved, adored and glorified in Heaven, on earth, and under the earth, by all the creatures of God, and by the Sacred Heart of Our Lord Jesus Christ in the Most Holy Sacrament of the Altar. Amen.”